Club Seven is located right on Richmond Street in the Entertainment District of Toronto. It was a Saturday night and I only had a couple of hours left and I heard it was a good spot so I checked it out.
There was a line up for starters on a Saturday night and lots of security. It was $15 to get in and you get padded down on the way in. So that gives you a little different feeling and you know your not at Anne of Green Gables place anymore, but after finally getting in and getting through coat check it was clear they have a very popular nightclub.
There are two levels and they are both very busy and it’s all dance music. Besides the dance floor space on the main level there was edges with dancers and the club had professional dancers as well as props I guess.
There was a topless guy with trumpet in one corner dancer and two girls in lingerie, cowboy hats and boots in a cage up over the dance floor that could have been running an aerobics show. They were in extremely good shape.
They had Stella Artois and even though it was extremely busy it was relatively easy to get a drink.
As another interesting note you will see from the web site that the place is named after the seven deadly sins, something like the movie Seven!
Dress Code: There is a code apparently at time, so you might want to check that out!
Most of the hostel was at this gig! There was comedy and music on this free-mic night. A stand up comedian completley embarassed himself (I wish I could remember the tagline but it was a year ago now) What I do remember was a young guy from Vancouver blowing us away with his keyboard and vocals. He sang some great tunes, all of his own creation, fantastic.
If anyone knows this spot please fill in my hazy gaps if you can, thanks.
Weird, dark, dumpy, cheap coffeehouse/bar. Good place. Strangely comforting and very easy going. Second hand furniture, books on the walls, good music. Not a runofthemill place. Hidden away on the back side alley of the building. Dirt cheap breakfasts. Slow service, but if you care, you don't belong there.
Pravda was recommended to us by some locals and I wish we had more time to spend there. We only had time for one Martini - during Happy Hour, in which they have a select group of Martinis for lower price. I would have loved to try some of the other vodkas they had on display behind the bar. (I had the Perestroika, which was good, if a little on the sweet side.)
As you may have guessed by now, this is a Soviet Union themed bar, complete with Soviet Flag, nesting dolls and other themed decoration.
Right the main part of dowtown torontos night life is the entertaiment districk which is located on aldeaide and john street, here you will find tready bars and clubs such as the The Mink, Fluide, you have many options to choose from but music wise its just dance and Hip Hop, and recently there has been a bit of trouble in the entertaiment distrikit invloving fights and a bit of gun crime, when i was living in toronto i would always head to college street or kennsigton market, in littly italy, here u will find great bars and clubs, music gigs and freindly people, on a hot summer night its defantly the place to be in toronto, with the outdoor patios you can look cool while drinking a beer or an expresso!!
One of the best rock-music clubs in the city and located along trendy College St. The crowd is in their 20's and everyone is there to have fun. Cool music, happy people, and average-priced drinks for Toronto. Cover $10. Either be on guest list or arrive early (before 11) or else be prepared to wait upwards of an hour to get in. The party starts at midnight.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes. I've seen people in jeans and running shoes to those fully decked out in designer clothes. You'll be most comfortable in jeans and a lighter top because it can get pretty hot inside.
Brant House is one of the hottest clubs in Toronto right now. It's 2 large buildings joined by an outdoor walkway (for the smokers). The decor is airy, it has several large bars and a big VIP area. Drinks are expensive and so is cover ($20-25). The problem with this club is getting in, but if you can (ie. you've slept with the owner, you accidently drop a $100 bill into the bouncer's pocket, you dig a tunnel into the washroom) you'll have a great time.
Dress Code: You must dress to impress. Absolutely no running shoes allowed. If the brand of your clothes starts with Giorgio or ends with Gabbana, you're in. Jeans are permitted for girls, but the rest of the outfit must be really good.
The Madi is in a converted Victorian home. It's got 4 floors, 3 outdoor patios, and I honestly can't even count the rooms inside. The stairwells are steep and crooked, and the rooms are joined by narrow hallways or bridges. All the different rooms have a different feel (English pub, sports room, piano bar). The food is good and the beer flows freely. This place gets packed on weekends, so get there early if you intend to get a table. There is a guy who plays the piano (we call him the piano man) and sings (really well) and takes requests--sometimes the whole room sings along. The Madi is for laid-back fun. No cover, people 21 and under have to show 2 pieces of ID.
Dress Code: Dress casual
I was introduced to this street my first night in Toronto. There is a huge concentration of bars, live music venues and clubs to check out along Queen Street. This area draws practically all the "kids of Toronto" out and is known as a haven for hipsters, as my pals put it. It truly is hipster city here, and you can hear everything from rock to blues pouring out onto the streets. Places like Black Bull, Java Cafe and other venues are in close proximity to each other.
Parking after about 9 PM is free, as you have to pay before that time. They will ticket your car if not. But most likely, if you're a tourist, you won't need to worry about that. You'll probably arrive by taxi or streetcar.
Even though it didn't get pickpocketed, be very wary of them in the area. Queen Street is vast and extends quite a distance.
Dress Code: Dress code depends on various places. I was fine in casual wear to the bars we went to.
51st floor of the Manulife Building. $5 to get in, very expensive drinks and medicore finger food/appetizers but the decor, view and atmosphere are very, very good.
Reservations are recommended and make sure you tell them if you want the reservations for dinner because if you don't, they assume it's just for drinks.
Dress Code: Wear nice clothing as it is upscale...not sure if there is a dress or code or not
Reilly's on Wednesday night is an institution for hip hop during the summer months. This is where Toronto hip hop lovers congregate for a night of cheap drinks and good music. I guess the appeal is in the vibe. Good people that like good music, in an atmosphere that feels more like a house party than it does bar. If you're a serious fan of the music, this is where you need to be every Wednesday of the summer.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
The best place to see and hear Jazz in Toronto. The Rex used to be a dive where serious drinkers hang out but over the years it has been renovated. Now best Jazz musicians in Canada make frequent visits. The cover charge ranges from $4 to $10. The beer is relatively cheap. So is the food which includes pretty decent burgers. My one problem with the Rex is that it is noisy whereby few patrons actually seem to be terribly interested in listening to the band.
The Rex receives alot of tourist traffic because of it's proximity to the large international hotels. The Hilton is just two blocks east.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
This is a pub located in the Beaches area of Toronto. It's fantastic! One of my co-workers is a part-owner of the place and everyone from work just loves it there. They've got the biggest collection of single malt whiskeys in the area. Food is available and it is as tasty as you'll find anyway.
Be sure to check out all the photos on the walls. Many were taken by Terry Culbert (my co-worker) and they focus on the British Isles and pubs and distilleries of that part of the world. I was delighted to see pics of places I had been in Scotland.
Dress Code: Casual
This place is huge! Located right on the waterfront and has tons of things to keep you entertained.
For example, there's a driving range, a mini putt, paint ball, beach volleyball, rock climbing, pool tables, a flying trapeze and gladiator jousting. There's even a drive-in movie theatre at the end of the driving range.
If you've got a boat you can dock right alongside this place.
It's great for sunny days as there is a huge outdoor patio where you can sit and enjoy food and drinks along with all the entertainment. And at night the DJ's start spinning tunes and live music is here sometimes. There's always something going on here!
Loads of concerts and events are also held here so check the website to see what's on.
Dress Code: Well, don't dress in a mini-skirt if you plan on doing the rock climbing!
If you're looking to rocknroll all night, Tattoo is the right place.
Sexy and edgy are the words I'd use to describe the club itself as well as the crowd.
It's the only club I've gone to in Toronto, where the girls aren't snotty to one another, and the guys aren't looking to start a fight. Everyone is here to dance..and headbang.
The club has two floors: Main Room and Lounge.
Main room is where I usually stay as it's roomy and not as intimate as the lounge.
As for music, everything from the classics such as AC/DC to the newer stuff like Broken Social Scene is played.
Fridays at Tattoo they play Alternative, Modern Rock, and Classic Rock.
Saturdays at Tattoo they play Dance Rock.
Dress Code: Whatever you please. Because the crowd here is fairly diverse, you'll find everything from neon leotards to provacative clubwear.